With Stetson Kennedy, Wayne Greenhaw before we appeared together during a Civil Rights Session at the the 2011 Amelia Island Book Festival. Tragically, both Stetson and Wayne died later that year. More »
Members of the 1960 Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP TODAY---with Marjorie Meeks Brown, Dr. Arnett E. Girardeau, Iona Godfrey King, Rometa Graham Porter, Isaac Carnes, Alton Yates. More »
With NAACP National Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins in 1960 when he spoke in Jacksonville at one of the NAACP Mass Meetings. More »
With Dr. Michael Eric Dyson-Speaker at the 2009 Jacksonville Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. More »
With Dr. Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice...and the Speaker at the 2008 Jacksonville Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner. Dr. Ogletree taught both Michelle Obama and President Obama at Harvard Law School. More »
Ruby Hurley and Ella Baker, two of 12 Civil Rights Icons immortalized in the 2009 USPS Stamp Issue-Civil Rights Pioneers. More »
Mrs. Ruby Hurley, Southeastern Regional Director NAACP and our 1960 NAACP Youth Council Surrogate Mother. Mrs. Hurley spent several months in Jacksonville (because of Ax Handle Saturday) directing her activities as NAACP director and working with us as we dealt with civil rights issues in Jacksonville. You can imagine my pride when she was selected and featured on a stamp as a Civil Rights Pioneer. More »
With Dr. and Mrs. James Lowen and Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand (Lois) JuLuke at Kingsley Plantation. Dr. Loewen spoke during the Jacksonville Branch NAACP 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1960 Sit-ins and Ax Handle Saturday. More »
With Civil Rights Stalwart and former Florida State Senator Dr. Arnett Girardeau, the first and only Black Senator to also serve as Senate President Pro Tempore, Ben Jealous, and wife, Ann. More »
At the Lufrano Gallery on the Campus of the University of North Florida for an Exhibit of Images in my Book---with Granddaughter, Kita; Son, Rodney II; Wife, Ann; Family Friend, Cheryl Coffey; and Granddaughter, Jasmine. More »
Book Images Exhibit - It was never about a hot dog and a Coke!- at the Lufrano Gallery at the University of North Florida. More »
50th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1960 Sit-ins and Ax Handle Saturday with members of the 1960 Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP. From left...Issac Carnes, Marjorie Meeks Brown, Mary Chisholm Underwood, Iona Godfrey King, and Ann Albertie Hurst (yep my wife). In the rear of the Pulpit area at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church...from left...Ms. Adora Nweze, President of the Florida State Conference of Branches NAACP; Rev. Dr. Randolph Bracy; Isaiah Rumlin, President of the Jacksonville Branch; and Bethel Senior Co-Pastor, Bishop Rudolph McKissick Sr. More »
It was my honor to serve as Banquet Emcee at the 98th Convention of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Jacksonville, Florida October 5, 2013. Outstanding convention! More »
With the Incomparable Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Banquet Speaker at the 98th Convention of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and American Beach Historian and Author Marsha D. Phelts. More »
By Gary Younge of the Guardian. It is spot on!
In the early 1980s veteran pollster Stan Greenberg, conducted a focus group in Macomb County, a Detroit suburb, of former Democrats who had switched allegiance to the Republican Ronald Reagan. After he read a statement by Robert Kennedy about racial inequality, one participant interjected: “No wonder they killed him.”
“That stopped me and led to a whole new analysis of Reagan Democrats,” wrote Greenberg in a recent report, Inside the GOP. “I realized that in trying to reach this group of people race is everything,” he told me.
While conducting a focus group with Republicans over the summer he had a similar revelation, although it came not from a sole outburst but almost throwaway comments, often left on cards after the session. As one man left his handout he half-joked: “It’s probably digital, so you can check it on the NSA files.” Another asked: “Now you’re going to guarantee that what we put down here, we won’t be getting a call from the IRS about an audit or anything like that?” Alongside this sense of being spied upon was relief that, in these Republican-only groups, they had found kindred spirits. “I’m not alone in the way I view things for the most part,” wrote one on a postcard. “Not by myself in thought process,” confided another.
Those seeking to understand what drove the Republican party to shut down the government this month in a strategically disastrous move that laid bare its deep internal divisions – and ultimately led to humiliating defeat – could do worse than start here. The report reveals a sense of ideological, demographic and cultural siege, on the American right, from which there is no obvious escape. Unable to comprehend or process last year’s election defeat, they feel the nation has become unmoored from its founding principles and is on a full-scale, unrelenting descent into chaos. Obama has been victorious in implementing socialism and the party they identify with has proved incapable of halting the decline, leaving them alienated not only from the country at large but one another. If it appears as though they are howling at the moon, it’s because they feel all earthly options have been exhausted.
Describing Ireland’s economic and cultural transformation in his book The Deportees, Roddy Doyle wrote: “I went to bed in one country and woke up in a different one.” Many Republicans have precisely the same feeling.
Central to this deep-seated sense of angst is race. In 2012, 92% of the Republican vote came from white people who, within 30 years, will no longer be in the majority. “They are acutely racially conscious,” says Greenberg. “They are very aware that they are ‘white’ in a country that is becoming increasingly ‘minority’.” Growing increasingly dependent on an ever-shrinking base, they see their electoral fortunes waning but are resistant to adapting their message to broaden their appeal beyond their narrow racial confines. Race is less the explicit target of their anxiety (issues such as affirmative action and civil rights no longer dominate) than the primary (if not exclusive) prism through which their political consciousness is being filtered. “Race,” writes Greenberg, “is central to their worldview.”
There are three main ways in which this has been a factor in the recent government shutdown and Republican schisms. First is gerrymandering. Since race is one of the best predictors of voting behaviour, House congressional seats have been manipulated largely on racial grounds. Politicians at state level carve constituencies into odd and unlikely shapes, shuffling around various racial groups to protect incumbents. Both parties do this when they have the chance but Republicans, who run more state houses, have had more chance and have undertaken the task with much zeal and guile. As a result, in 2012 the Democrats won more votes nationally for Congress but still got fewer seats, giving the Republicans who shut down the government a fragile mandate. It also means incumbents need not fear losing their seats, leaving them able to act out.
Second is the perceived beneficiaries of government spending. Republicans are more likely to regard intervention as being to support minorities rather than to support the poor. This goes not only for food stamps and welfare but also for Obamacare – which was the issue that initially sparked the shutdown.
“Obamacare is a racial flashpoint for many evangelical and Tea Party voters,” writes Greenberg. Their despair is largely rooted in the assumption that by championing programs that disproportionately help minorities, Obama is effectively buying votes and securing a growing tranche of the electorate who will for evermore be dependent on government. One participant, echoing the views of many, said: “Every minority group wants to say they have the right to something, and they don’t. It’s life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It doesn’t say happiness. You get to be alive and you get to be free. The rest of it’s just a pursuit … you’re not guaranteed happiness. You have to work for it.”
Finally, there is Obama – the black son of an African immigrant and white mother – who stands as an emblem for all this unease, personifying, in their minds, not only their political impotence today but their demographic irrelevance tomorrow. The word they’re most likely to use to describe him is “liar”. But their hostility goes beyond his policies and pronouncements to a deeply rooted suspicion of his authenticity.
“[There] is a sense of him being foreign, non-Christian, Muslim – and they wonder what really are his motives for the changes he is advancing.” As he moves into his second term, there is now an elision in the Republican mind between what they think he is (an immigrant, a fraudster, a non-American) and what they think he does (assist immigrants and fraudsters in contravention of American ideals).
Their inability to craft a credible strategic response to these insecurities only serves to reinforce them. “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president?” taunted Obama last week. “Go out there and win an election.” The trouble is Republicans can’t because their racially charged rhetoric alienates minorities, leaving them more electorally isolated, prompting defeat – which leaves them ever more divided. Meanwhile, their reckless obstruction in Congress, which nearly triggered a default, makes the nation’s descent into chaos more likely. Unable to come to terms with the country in which they live, they are complicit in creating the very future they most fear.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR .
TODAY WE CELEBRATE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS DAY.
The second Monday in October is celebrated across America as Columbus Day. It is a celebration of the man who supposedly discovered America. In schools, children are taught that Christopher Columbus was a national hero. In actuality, the man was a murderer. It is true that he found a land that was unknown to the “civilized” world, yet in actuality he massacred many of the natives inhabiting the land. With slavery, warfare, and inhumane acts, Christopher Columbus and the marauding soldiers/mercenaries who accompanied him completely destroyed a people, a culture, and a land. These are not actions that should be heralded as heroic. It was sadistically and abhorrently criminal.
True to the sinister untruthfulness of American History by untruthful American Historians, we celebrate a man who got lost; who called the people he met Indians because he thought he was in India (you thought he made it up? He was not that smart.); who did not prove the world was round (Egyptians and the Greeks had previously proven that); who did not get Queen Isabella to pawn her jewels to finance Columbus' trip (how stupid— she was a Queen.)
On April 17, 1492, before his first voyage to the Americas, Columbus negotiated a business contract with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, entitling him to 10% of all profits for goods sent back from Japan, China and India. Columbus simply got lucky by "running into" America and its outlying territories/islands. Nonetheless we have created this myth about this country being discovered by someone who did not know where he was who is credited with discovering a country of indigenous people which numbered literally in the millions.
What is true, Christopher Columbus instigated the slave trade in 1493. Because he never got to the Emperor of China or Japan or the noted traders of India, Columbus decided to pay for his voyage in the one important commodity he had found in ample supply — human lives. His marauding band hunted Indians for sport and profit — beating, raping, torturing, killing, and then using the Indian bodies as food for their hunting dogs. Columbus would cram as many Indians onto his ships as would fit, and sent them to Spain, where they were paraded naked through the streets of Seville and sold as slaves in 1495. Within four years of Columbus' original arrival on Hispaniola (present day Haiti/Dominican Republic) , his men had killed or exported one-third of the original Indian population of 300,000.
The United States honors only two men with federal holidays bearing their names. In January we commemorate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought racism with its residual hatred and fought to cut the remaining bonds of slavery in America. In October, we honor Christopher Columbus, who opened the Atlantic slave trade and launched one of the greatest waves of genocide known in history.
So welcome to America…who falsely gives credit to being "discovered" by a would be explorer who became a Slave Trader. American has this love affair with slave traders. Now that I think of it, another slave trader comes to mind. His name is Nathan Bedford Forrest and we know how much Jacksonville loves him.
BTW…Christopher Columbus NEVER set foot in the Continental United States.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Just a reminder. Self-important and deeply delusional conservative columnist and pundit George Will compared the Affordable Health Care Act to the Fugitive Slave Act and segregation laws on Wednesday during an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition.” So to reward FOX and his new Racist Friends, Uncle Ben said, "Obamacare Is Worst Thing To Happen In America 'Since Slavery'. Did he follow his script or what? This lear-ned Uncle Tom…the worst kind…has the unmitigated gall to compare institutional racism and the racist degradation of putting a race of people in chains to satisfy an economic and a psychological need to providing healthcare to more than 30 million uninsured in this country.
The questions are, why would he say it, and who was his audience?
The "Why" could be, he was expected to say it, and he was following the racist script Whites always write for their Good House Niggers.
The "Who" is a bit more interesting. Did he try to impress Blacks with his Racist analogy or was he trying to show his disdain for healthcare as a doctor no less? If he did not like The Affordable Care Act, why not say it with no reference to slavery. Maybe his world says, we doctors are not interested in helping folks and saving lives if we cannot command grand theft money and if we are not put on a pedestal for everyone to tell us how great we are. The God Complex. In other words, just plain old saving lives and allowing folks to salvage their family without a calamitous circumstance is not good enough. You also notice he had no alternative.
Ben Carson shows what happens to many Blacks when they lose their identity and they do not understand you are still identifiable by your hue of skin. No matter what he says at FOX…to the Racist Tea Party Republicant Party individually and collectively…or what he says in front of a camera, he goes into a category like many other Blacks who go along to get along when it puts bucks in your pocket. In other words, your integrity can be bought if the price is right. He is not a role model and certainly not a hero when you shear away the facade. He is a just another charlatan and a money grabbing selfish medical doctor in FOX clothing.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Propagandists for the Values-less Summit—Top left, Dr. Ben Carson, Jim DeMint, Glen Beck, E. W. Jackson, Senator Tim Scott, Craig James, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, Frank Gaffney, Congressman Louie Gohmert, Senator Rand Payl, Ed Meese, Senator Ted Cruz, Gary Bauer, Senator Mark Rubio.
What a group of racists, sexists, homophobes, presidential wannabees, Anti Affordable Care Act Haters, and President Obama Haters. They deserve each other.
"You know Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act) is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery"; which really takes the God Complex to another level.
For Blacks who are Minions of these Racist Deceitful Hucksters, is there really enough money to sell your soul? 30 pieces of Silver. Really?
For those "Ostriches" who deny racism and dislike those uncomfortable racial issue conversations with White and Black Friends…and who because of their self conceived Wannabee station in life …deny Racism exists….you might want to take a look at this. It will make you very uncomfortable as it should.
From The Nation by Robert Scheer…
Before he was disgraced into resigning his presidency over the Watergate burglary scandal, Richard Nixon had successfully engineered an even more odious plot known as his Southern Strategy. The trick was devilishly simple: Appeal to the persistent racist inclination of Southern whites by abandoning the Republican Party’s historic association with civil rights and
That same divisive strategy is at work in the Republican rejection of the Affordable Care Act. GOP governors are largely in control of the 26 states, including all but Arkansas in the South, that have refused to implement the act’s provision for an expansion of Medicaid to cover the millions of American working poor who earn too much to qualify for the program now. A New York Times analysis of census data concludes that as a result of the Republican governors’ resistance, “A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help. …”
Why anyone who claims to be pro-life would want to deny health care to single mothers is an enduring mystery in the morally mischievous ethos of the Republican Party. But the exclusion of a working poor population that skews disproportionately black in the South is simply a continuation of the divide-and-conquer politics that have informed Republican strategy since Nixon.
The game plan of gutting the Affordable Care Act despite its passage into law and before its positive outcomes are demonstrated can be traced to a “blueprint to defunding Obamacare” initialed by the GOP conservative leadership under the aegis of Heritage Action for America. Ironically that is the political front of the Heritage Foundation, the leading GOP think tank that is credited by some architects of Obamacare as the initial inspiration of their health care program. The difference is that whereas the Heritage Foundation was pushing a mild health care reform based on increased profit for private insurers, as in the plan Mitt Romney introduced in Massachusetts, the Republicans object to the provisions in this president’s program that broaden access for the needy.
They were abetted in this decision by a Supreme Court ruling last year granting the states the option of not expanding Medicaid to cover the uninsured under the new act. As a consequence, 8 million of our fellow Americans with annual incomes of less than $19,530 for a family of three have been prevented from obtaining the health care coverage that we as a nation decided to grant them.
It might seem odd for governors to reject a program to help those living in their state that is fully funded by the federal government for the first few years and then 90 percent covered by the feds thereafter. But turning down a federal program to aid your own state’s population makes perfect sense when connected with the racist appeal initiated by Nixon that has turned the once Democratic South into a rock solid Republican bastion. There are certainly many whites among the 435,000 cashiers, 341,000 cooks and 253,000 nurses aides who the Times estimated will be denied needed health care in the states controlled by Republican governors who have decided to veto the most important provision of the Affordable Care Act.
In the end, this is a replay of the civil rights drama that gripped the nation more than half a century ago, but back then the Republican Party, following the enlightened leadership of Dwight Eisenhower, was on the humanitarian side of the equation. Now the elected leaders of a party that has been on the side of emancipation since the presidency of Abraham Lincoln acts to deny the basic human right to life-sustaining health care to the Southern progeny of slaves. As the Times study noted: “In all, 6 out of 10 blacks live in the states not expanding Medicaid. In Mississippi, 56 percent of all poor and uninsured adults are black, though they account for just 38 percent of the population.”
But that also means that almost 44 percent of the poor and uninsured in Mississippi are white, and the gutting of this program that hurts them is evidence of the false consciousness that informs racist appeals. As the Times points out, someone, black or white, making $11,000 a year frying chicken in a convenience store falls into the gap of making too much to qualify for the state’s existing Medicaid program but not enough to be subsidized under the new health care plan as the state defines it. For those who lose out, there’s what the Republican die-hards call tough love. That’s not love. It’s hate.
The Struggle continues…
From the Huffington Post– Less than two hours after President Barack Obama turned up political pressure on Republicans to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the president was looking for "unconditional surrender."
The Ohio Republican addressed reporters just outside his office to rebut Obama's earlier press conference. His message to the president was clear: The ongoing government shutdown and pending debt ceiling deadline would not be resolved without negotiations.
"It's time to have that conversation," Boehner said. "Not next week, not next month — the conversation needs to begin today. The long and short of it is, there's going to be a negotiation."
Obama reaffirmed his position in a call to Boehner earlier in the day that Republicans should pass 'clean' bills, with no strings attached, to end the government shutdown and to increase the debt ceiling. Boehner said it was a "pleasant" conversation, but he was left "disappointed.”The president said today if there's unconditional surrender by Republicans, he'll sit down and talk to us," Boehner said Tuesday. "That's not the way our government works."
Boehner ducked a question on what would happen if Congress found itself in the final minutes before a debt ceiling breach without an agreement, reiterating the need to talk.
John Boehner’s position is he is not going buckle under to a Black Man even if he is President.
From Bill Moyers…“When the president refused to buckle to their extortion, they (Republicans) threw their tantrum,” Moyers said. “Like the die-hards of the racist South a century and a half ago, who would destroy the Union before giving up their slaves, so would these people burn the place down and sink the ship of state."
Just so we are clear…The shutdown has everything to do with making sure the Black President wields no more power than White Republi-cant House Members and White Republi-cant Senators.
House Republicants, Senate Republicants, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Tea Partiers, Conservative Right Wing Racists, News Jokes at ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN…and even the Institutional Racist Wannabee News Pretenders at FOX, all are frustrated because Barack Obama talks like he is the President of the United States and asserting his position as the President of the United States compromises their White Male Pride and their White Male Psyche'. Come to think of it Barack Obama is the President of the United States and has every right to act like the President of the United States.
It was bad enough a Black President was elected and re-elected and lives in THEIR White House, but to let him wield real power? They cannot stand it! After all, Racism is still Racism … and the Constitution is still the Constitution.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
Since Slavery, many Southern White Christian Racists determined Blacks had no net worth, and made it clear no one should think of them as human. Of course, this never stopped the slave masters/slave owners/plantation owners from “taking” an African woman as his concubine and creating a new racial identity called Mulattoes.
These same hypocritical Southern White Racists did not acknowledge any achievements made by slaves. For the record, the U. S. Bureau of Patents acknowledges there are hundreds if not thousands of inventions by Africans for which they could not receive credit because they were slaves.
After the Civil War, freed slaves realized some advances but they were short lived during the Andrew Johnson Administration. Johnson was a known racist, a supporter of slavery, and a sympathizer of the Antebellum South. All of this highlights the creation of Racism and Institutional of Racism. Residually and collaterally, Racists did not want Blacks to feel as if they accomplished anything with their freedom. Racism degrades and dehumanizes while seeking to prove Blacks are not equals and have no worth other than as residual help and doormats. Institutional Racism crafts the thinking through time that Blacks have no net worth and have never accomplished anything in this country. They are just Shiftless, Lazy Niggers!
The Racist American Dream says, If you are White, one day you can become President of the United States. Electing a Black President destroyed that racist dream. Certainly electing a Black President was not supposed to happen. Since slavery, Racists have tried to quash any hopes and any thought process that Blacks have arrived. Yet, President Barack Obama has allowed the American Dream to ring true for himself and concomitantly for millions of Blacks. Racists are determined that Blacks not get any notions that having a Black President means anything of consequence for Blacks in America. Their sabotaging the entire country and their crusade to rewrite and revise American History is to show in their eyes and to prove in their mind President Obama is not and will never be an effective president. They are hoping they can purposefully screw up and lie about his Eight Presidential Years like they have done to American History.
Racists and their vicious and insidious attacks on President Obama are designed to make sure there are no successes attributed to this Black President. Their attacks are also designed to show they think no more of a Black President than they did of a slave during slavery or an ex-slave after slavery. To them, Blacks are all the same no matter their station in Life. Racists never think differently, which is why they are racists.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR
So Racist Ted Cruz is the new Joe McCarthy speaking for the Republicant Party. The more things change…the more they remain the same.
You can call it by any other name…But IT IS blatant racism. Ted Cruz will continue to "play" on and to the core racist attitudes of White Republicants while daring (along with his fellow racists) any moderate Republicants to open their mouths.
This is the same Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas who said the country would be better off if the Senate was full of people like Jesse Helms, the late senator who was ardently opposed to all kinds of civil rights measures and even tried to block the Senate from approving a federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is simply the 40's 50's and 60's all over again in these As Yet United States of America. This time racists have a Black president to deal with and it "cuts to the quick" (as my grandmother used to say). We always said in the civil rights movement, the only difference between the White Citizens Council and the Ku Klux Klan was one wore a suit. It remains the same.
We used to call Racists pathetic. They are still pathetic but they are also just plain old Racists and that has not changed.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
I happened to visit one local news show last night while channel surfing. Of course, I do not watch local news, so I was having a weak moment.
On this station which I will not name, the local news anchor said:
1) Cruz finally gave up his 21 hours "filibuster" and she went on to not explain and not understand a "filibuster"… while making Cruz look like some kind of a hero. But it was obvious, the anchor…her editors/supervisors…news directors…news producers…did not have a clue. Which is not unusual. Even when they should, local news will always find a way to screw a news story.
A real filibuster is an attempt to stop a piece of legislation dead in its tracks by refusing to let the Senate proceed. That can happen in a number of ways, including the famous Jimmy Stewart Movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to the Washington” way where the Senator talks the Senate to death. But here’s the thing. While Senator Cruz and the Republicans want you to believe that Cruz pulled a Mr. Smith, he didn’t.
Senator Cruz’s long-winded overnight speech did nothing to stop the Senate from proceeding with the continuing resolution for the budget. And everyone, Cruz included, knew it wouldn’t. Although to those outside the Washington beltway it appeared to be a filibuster – Capitol Hill jargon for when a Senator occupies the chamber’s floor to indefinitely block other business – Mr Cruz’s diatribe was technically only an extended speech. Under the rules, without the support of the majority of his Republican colleagues in the Senate, he had to yield to a planned vote as Cruz had already agreed with Reid in advance that he would only speak until 1pm and in fact, quit an hour early to yield to a measure to fund the federal government through mid-November, including funds for the healthcare reforms under the Affordable Care Act.
After Cruz finished talking, he voted in favor of moving ahead with the bill which is an odd thing to do if you’re holding a filibuster, the point of which is to stop the bill from moving forward. This wasn’t about Mr. Smith going to Washington. It was about Mr. Cruz trying to go to the White House.
Maybe a little journalistic research would help. Local news…you can have it.